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Dur­ing Man­dela’s im­pris­on­ment there was a to­tal ban on show­ing his face.

In fact, his face was so closely guarded a se­cret that when Time mag­a­zine pub­lished a cover of him six days be­fore his re­lease, they had to base it on old pic­tures and imag­ine how he had aged (the re­sult was ques­tion­able).

Only on his re­lease from Vic­tor Ver­ster prison on Fe­bru­ary 11, 1990, did the world see Man­dela in per­son again.

But one jour­nal­ist, who vis­ited him in prison in the 1980s, had de­scribed what he looked like to a artist.

The artist then drew a por­trait which made its way to Cosatu.

In 1989, Cosatu pub­lished the most up-to-date de­pic­tion of Man­dela yet, and se­cretly printed and dis­trib­uted it to del­e­gates at its sec­ond na­tional congress.

Ac­cord­ing to Mar­lene Pow­ell, a for­mer Cosatu me­dia of­fi­cer, the poster was stealth­ily handed to Cosatu del­e­gates

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